Skip to comments.Romney Wins Big in Florida Primary
Posted on 01/31/2012 5:32:46 PM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing
TAMPA, Fla. Mitt Romney rolled to victory in the Florida primary on Tuesday evening, according to early returns and exit polls, dispatching an insurgent threat from Newt Gingrich and reclaiming his dominant position in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Didn’t Florida give us McPain last time as well?
Earlier Martha McCallum said around 18% of Evangelicals voted for Romney. How is that possible?
Keep watching the vote count... Newt isn’t going to win, but he is closing the gap every update. One more percentage point from there (67% counted) and he will be within the margin where with Santorum’s votes he could have won.
And it’s likely to get even close before the counting is over.
I’d like to see him get within 10. That would not be “winning big”.
Santorum needs to get the heck out of this race right now. This is the time. We need those votes or Romney is a done deal.
Just about kills my interest in politics.
Make sure CONSERVATIVES win more seats in the House and Senate.
Where is the actual vote count?
I sure hope we aren’t talking about exit polls.
Stay strong. Romney has won 2 out of 4 states and one of the states is in his own back yard. Romney wont take the south and it is going to be hell for him to get the 1245 delegates he needs to win the nomination. It cost him over 17 million to win in Fla. He should have won with a lot higher percentage than he did...this battle is still on..we have to be LOUD against the media and get Newts message out on what he would do. You can go to Newt Gingrich on facebook and click on states with Newt and blog away. It makes a difference. Also, hit the news sites with replies and make points. Time consuming? yes, but it makes a difference
Gingrich won the Panhandle. He should do well in the south on Super Tuesday.
Don’t blame me!!! I didn’t for Mittie Pooh.
I was just saying the same thing... the next four years will be hell if we do not elect a major reformer. When the money runs out, the entitlements stop reaching the sheep, all hell will break loose and there will be horrific scenes across America. It will happen with Romney or Obama... so let Obama take the rap and reap what he has sewn. Otherwise, the media will blame Romney and the Republicans, and Obama will be a distant memory, free of blame. Then we will see another Dem in 2016.
If Romney is forced upon us, my third party vote is assured.
You are right, Old.
I sent messages to some GOP elitists today telling them that I will vote for Romney on a cold day in hell..and they wrote back to say I would be making a huge mistake by not supporting him.
One told me that it is most important that we get Independents to vote GOP..and a Romnuts will ensure that we get those votes. You should have seen my response.
I went all Reagan/Galt on ‘em...at least I feel better.
That would depend entirely on whether Reagan was on the winning side or not.
Time to put aside the 11th Commandment myth.
Reagan took on a sitting Republican President.
I hate Florida more with each passing election.
Ads. They voted for freaking ads. Sheep.
Link to Florida results as they come in:
This is WAR.
MYTH ROMNEY WILL NEVER BE POTUS.
I will again post my rallying cry!!!
“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor????”
HERE IS BELUSHI “BLUTO” IN THE MOVIE “ANIMAL HOUSE”... A cry for us conservatives!!!
Bluto: Hey! Whats all this laying around stuff? Why are you all still laying around here for?
Stork: What the hell are we supposed to do, ya moron? Were all expelled. Theres nothing to fight for anymore.
D-Day: [to Bluto] Let it go. Wars over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.
Bluto: What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
Otter: [to Boon] Germans?
Boon: Forget it, hes rolling.
Bluto: And it aint over now. Cause when the goin gets tough...
[thinks hard of something to say]
Bluto: The tough get goin! Whos with me? Lets go!
[Bluto runs out, alone; then returns]
Bluto: What the f..ck happened to the Delta I used to know? Wheres the spirit? Wheres the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but youre gonna let it be the worst. Ooh, were afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble. Well just kiss my as.. from now on! Not me! Im not gonna take this. Wormer, hes a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer...
Otter: Dead! Blutos right. Psychotic... but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebodys part!
Bluto: Were just the guys to do it.
D-Day: [stands up] Yeah, I agree. Lets go get em.
Boon: Lets do it.
Bluto: [shouting] Lets do it!
[all of the Deltas stand up and run out with Bluto]
I will be united with those who have a banner reading "FUMR".
Imagine if, for the last 20 years we had a viable conservative party? I'm sure had there been one during the Dole election, the GOP-e would have said that is why they did not win. Had there been a conservative party during the McCain run, the GOP-e would have said that is again why they lost.
I am sick of people saying 3rd parties don't work. It was tried with Perot, and that is the only siting I keep seeing. Who knows if Bush would have won or not. This is just there favorite talking point.
I will not support the establishment ever again. And, I am guilty of falling for the whole “if you don't vote for this moderate, blah, blah, blah. Never again.
If mittens gets the nomination, I’m going independent and the GOP will never, in my life, EVER, get a red cent from me, again.
More proof that money, lies, negative ads, and a liberal media wins elections.
RINOs are thrilled with yours.
Newt needs to give Santorum voters a reason to switch, some kind of assurance that he is not the kind of guy who sits on Nancy’s couch, likes 300 pages of ObamaCare, says positive things about amnesty, endorses people like Dede Scozzafava and think Freddie Mac is a model agency. That he isn’t the kind of candidate who calls for federal jobs programs for inner city kids and moon bases while we have trillion dollar deficits....
Give them a reason to vote FOR him.
If he cannot, then we need someone like Santorum in there.
It’s not Santorum stealing Newt votes, it’s Santorum giving people a reason not to stay home.
wow written 1978
Looks like I’ll have to cast my vote for Ann Romney over Michelle Obama this November..
The biggest single issue of this election cycle is Obamacare. The people have made their feelings on that topic abundantly clear since it first surfaced in Congress; indeed, the unpopularity of that law remains steadily high. And yet, the GOP-E has the temerity to push a candidate who will never, ever sign a repeal of that law.
Romney has no ability nor intention to alter this nation's course. The GOP elites wanted him, so this debacle is on their heads, not those of the voters. Take your blame game elsewhere.
The devil you know . . .
I’m sitting this election out if it’s Mittens.
What is amazing from the exit polls, is how well Romney did with the self identified Tea Party Candidates, and evangelicals. I think Gingrich only beat Romney by a couple % points. That may be the most amazing story from tonite. And may unfortunately be the most damaging for Newt.
Now a lot of the undecided power players will immediately move to support Romney. Their contacts, resources, money and influence will cause a snowball effect. Florida’s 50 delegates is really not the important aspect from tonite. It is that in a large, diverse and critical state to the republicans winning, Romney wiped the floor so to speak with Newt. The exits show Romney doing well in almost every region and demographic.
Got to be a bummer nite for Newt. Sad to say, things don’t look promising.
Likely the same ones who voted for Bloomberg and then moved south because their taxes got too high. Those type never learn. They just spread the disease. Most but not all northeastern Republicans are Rockefeller Republican. The only solution I see is dissolving the GOP completely as a party and the formation of a true opposition Conservative Party using the Constitution as it's sounding board and STRICT platform.
It was a great place to live up until the mid to late 60’s.Started going downhill then and its only gotten worse.
North of I4 is not bad still today but the rest of the state is an armpit.
“The biggest single issue of this election cycle is Obamacare....”
That’s big but the economy is THEE issue. Everything else is second.
What Romeny will or won’t do is not a done deal re: Obamacare.
American are focused on the biggest issue: getting Obama out.
Exit polling from everyone including conservatives, Tea Party folks, etc. show it.
I’m not going to let Obama finish off the US, sorry.
I think you’ve concisely echoed my thoughts. I fear that if we elect an “Obama lite” with an “R” after his name, that the Republic will suffer greater injury than if we keep the current, clearly polarizing incumbent in office, hopefully to trigger a Reaganesque conservative backlash in 2016.
Having said that, if Gingrich gets the nomination, full speed ahead!
I feel sick.
Where’s the barf alert?
Agreed. Santorum should endorse Gingrich and gracefully bow out. I can easily see a role in a Gingrich administration for Santorum—in a Romney administration, not so much.
Newt up now LIVE
The supporters have signs saying
46 STATES TO GO
Look at all of the votes for Cain, Johnson, Perry....
Obviously people who voted early before they quit.
Had they not voted early, for whom would they have voted.
So certainly a lot of the other votes were early votes as well.
So the FL vote is not an indication of how the rest of the country will vote.
A lot of facts have come out about Romney since the early votes.
We must hang in there and send Newt money
It’s a dissapointment, but not a surprise. I expeceted something like this all along.
They called it real early for Gore, too. That doesn’t always make it so.
I think it was written in 1952. She must have had a pretty good crystal ball.
Pretty amazing that someone can ‘win big’ before one vote is counted.
He won’t win until he gets 1,050 delegates
Screw the GOP, this is a battle for the republic. This is the end game. This is all the marbles.
A note to the gang... MAN UP!
It ain't over till it's over, and it isn't over. You gonna let the state media win? You gonna let the paid in full pundits win? You gonna say it was bound to happen, drop to your knees and pay your Obamneycare bill?
Get with the program. We're FReepers, and we get things done. Ask Dan Rather.
It's a long way to November, and we are not gonna sit on our asses and let the socialists destroy our way of life.
Well, Obamacare/Romneycare is a big issue for me, and it’s inextricably tied to the economy as a whole. Romney’s spokesman has said that he plans to replace Obamacare with Romneycare in each of the 50 (57?) States.
I’m telling you, Romney is NOT conservative, and he is NOT the candidate we need!
Just goes to show that almost $18 million dollars in attacke ads will buy you a primary.
Give me a break. Nothing was botched. Bush won Every. Time.
It was idiot Democrats from New York South (i.e. South Florida) who tried to steal the election for Gore.
We’re not all idiots but then again all Republicans aren’t immersed in the echo chamber that is Free Republic, either.
“replacing Obama with a paler Obama (Romney) with an R after his name could do more damage to the country”
My, my. Aren’t we the wise one. Actually, you are quite right about that.
We may not last after the next Presidency—of either so-called Party.
But there will be only 1 Partei.